Firstborn: The Life of Luis Fred Kennedy 1908-1982
An inspiring true story of family, business, and enduring love
as told by his son, Fred W. Kennedy
“Firstborn is a riveting account of the life of Luis Fred Kennedy, whom I admired as an outstanding leader and champion of the private sector. Written by his son, it is a monumental work of a true Jamaican patriot and humanitarian.”
–A. Rafael Diaz, Former CEO/Chairman, GraceKennedy Ltd.
*All proceeds of book sales go to GraceKennedy Foundation to fund an annual student scholarship at Caribbean Maritime University in the name of Luis Fred Kennedy.
About Fred W. Kennedy
Fred W. Kennedy was born and raised in Jamaica. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a Master and Doctor of Education from the University of Toronto. After thirty years of serving as an educator and principal, Fred turned to writing Jamaican historical fiction. He is the author of Daddy Sharpe (2008) and Huareo (2015). Firstborn is his first published work of nonfiction.
He wrote his father’s biography “to celebrate the relationship of love and trust that we shared” and as “a tribute to him in praise of his contributions to the national development of Jamaica.” Fred remains connected to the company as Chair of the GraceKennedy Foundation, which funds educational, environmental and health initiatives in Jamaica.
He and his wife Georgianne share their time between his native Jamaica and adopted Canada, where their three daughters and families reside.